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Black History Month

Events and Activities for Youth

New West Youth Services’ extended acknowledgement of Black Excellence Day is continuing into Black History Month with more Black-focused events and activities. Connect through social media and drop-in programs, reflect as you paint a portrait of an influential Black Canadian, or stop by the Youth Centre to participate in an interactive and educational activity that illuminates BC’s rich Black history. Visit their website or follow them on Instagram for more information.

Art Exhibit

View the “Guilty As Skin” exhibition of Afro-surreal figurative oil paintings at The Gallery at Queen’s Park, Feb. 1 - 26. Black artist Crystal Noir explores how colonialism and post-colonialism has disproportionately inflated the rate by which BIPOC individuals are wrongly targeted, charged, and incarcerated within the criminal justice system. Join Crystal Noir for an artist talk on Sunday, Feb. 19, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, to gain insight into her artistic process as well as the meaning and significance behind her creations. Supported by Arts Council of New Westminster.

Black-Owned Business Spotlight

Find your next favourite local business for February and beyond! Visit local Black-owned and operated businesses in tourism, hospitality, and retail, as featured on the Tourism New West blog and Instagram throughout February. If you or someone you know has a Black-owned business and would like to be featured, please reach out to Tourism New West at .

Reading Lists

Read from these recommend titles on Black history and start conversations about race with your friends and family. Children can also pick up a Black History Month reading bingo from the Library; complete one row of reading to win a prize!

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film screening and conversation

Learn more about Black histories and futures in BC. This event will be an evening of storytelling about the hidden history of Hogan's Alley in Vancouver, the development of the Sixth Street Housing Project in New Westminster, and the problem of housing precarity both past and present. There will also be a film screening of Secret Vancouver: Return to Hogan's Alley and a panel conversation with housing advocates and policymakers in New Westminster. Mingle, and enjoy tasty African diaspora delicacies before the presentation.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Doulas College, 700 Royal Ave
Room N2201
Date posted:January 27, 2023